Family Identifies Iowa State Student Found Dead Outside Sorority House


AMES, Iowa — A Minnesota family is mourning the death of their 21-year-old daughter, whose body was found outside a sorority at Iowa State University Friday morning.

Olivia Chutich, 21, was found dead in the parking lot of the Delta Delta Delta sorority located at 302 Ash Avenue in Ames. Chutich is the daughter of Allina Health CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler and Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chutich, who released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Olivia Chutich, our beloved daughter, died in Ames, Iowa. Olivia was the light of our lives. We ask for privacy as we grieve this unimaginable loss. Thank you.”

Family of Olivia Chutich
Olivia Chutich (pictured)

Ames police officers responded to the Delta Delta Delta sorority at 9:49 a.m. after a caller said a college-aged woman was found unconscious in the parking lot. Officers arrived to find Chutich’s body in the parking lot of the sorority, and medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene, the Ames Police Department said.

Chutich was a student at Iowa State University and also a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, according to the Ames Police Department.

Commander Jason Tuttle with the Ames Police Department said investigators believe Chutich’s body had been in the parking lot since the early hours of Friday morning. An autopsy will be conducted to determine her cause of death.

Delta Delta Delta sorority at Iowa State University (WHO 13)

“Officers are canvassing the area and conducting follow-up interviews. At this time, there does not appear to be any threats to the community. Investigation into this incident continues by the
Ames Police Department,” Tuttle said.

Iowa State University issued the following statement in response to Chutich’s death:

“The Iowa State community is saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time. ISU is cooperating with the Ames Police Department, which is leading the investigation. The university is providing support and resources for students who are impacted.”

Iowa State University

The Ames Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call 239-5133, the anonymous tip line 239-5533 or Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400. Online anonymous tips may be submitted to www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa


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